The Agenda: Local government briefs for 2.22.21

The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors will consider approval of a 310-unit apartment development called Coalfield Reserve at its meeting Feb. 24. (BizSense file)

Chesterfield, Henrico launch online land management systems

Chesterfield and Henrico each launched new enterprise land management systems last week.

Chesterfield’s web-based system is aimed at handling tasks across its community development departments, such as zoning, code enforcement and utilities. The new Enterprise Land Management system went live Feb. 16 and gives people the ability to submit zoning applications, subdivision plans, site plans, fee payments, applications for environmental and building permits and other tasks through an online portal.

The county’s automated phone system will continue to be used, and a mobile app for the new system is available.

Henrico County launched its “Build Henrico” online platform for residents and the development community to make and track a zoning complaint, apply for building permits, submit plans and pay fees. The first phase launched Feb. 16 and focuses on zoning code enforcement and annual inspections.

The website’s second phase, targeted for launch in the spring, will enable builders to complete tasks such as applying for building, electrical and other permits, estimating fees, requesting inspections and acquiring certificates of occupancy. Build Henrico’s final phase, which will facilitate the submission of development plans, will be implemented in 2022.

Budgets, planning report, apartment projects on Chesterfield agenda

The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors is scheduled to meet Feb. 24. Full agenda here.

During the afternoon work session, the board will hear reports on the utilities department’s proposed FY22 operating budget as well as the county’s FY22-31 capital improvement program. The board will also receive a report from the Planning Commission on its activities in 2020.

The board’s consent agenda includes motions of support for apartment projects that would utilize Low Income Housing Tax Credits issued by Virginia Housing as per its Revitalization Area Designation: Mark-Dana Corp.’s Ashlake Trails Apartments (14500 Ashbrook Parkway), Better Housing Coalition’s Colbrook Apartments (13916 and 13920 Jefferson Davis Highway) and BHC’s Horner Apartments (3901 Stigall Drive). Adoption allows financing via the program.

The board will weigh a conditional-use permit and rezoning application for 10 acres of land at 801 Gateway Centre Parkway to pave the way for the 245-unit Gateway Apartment Homes development. Brandywine Operating Partnership LP is the applicant. The site is northeast of the Midlothian Turnpike-Powhite Parkway interchange.

Supervisors will consider approval of a rezoning and conditional-use permit for a proposed 36-unit “cottage community” residential development called Hampton Park Court. The proposed development would be built on 5.8 acres at 15820 Hampton Park Drive.

The board also will vote on a rezoning and conditional-use permit request for Coalfield Reserve, a 310-unit apartment development that would be built on a 26-acre tract between Walmart Way and Old Buckingham Road.

64-home subdivision, solar farm on Hanover planning agenda

The Hanover Planning Commission will meet Feb. 23. Full agenda here.

Commissioners will vote on whether to recommend a rezoning application to allow creation of 64 single-family lots on about 36 acres at the intersection of Old Keeton Road (State Route 719) and Washington Highway (State Route 1). The application also requests rezoning to allow office, self-storage and specialty trade uses on about 4 acres of the land.

Commissioners will consider a conditional-use permit to allow a solar farm on 45 acres of a roughly 85-acre property on the east line of St. Peters Church Road (State Route 611) where it intersects Old Mill Road.

Monroe Ward tower, Civil War museum rezoning on City Council agenda

The Richmond City Council meets in regular session Monday at 6 p.m. Full agenda available here.

A conceptual drawing of the 15-story tower being planned. (BizSense file)

Business on the consent agenda includes a special-use permit request related to a planned 15-story student housing tower at 321 W. Grace St. in Monroe Ward. The 171-unit tower and an adjoining parking structure would replace an existing parking lot on the site, which Chicago-based developer Pinecrest bought last year for $2.5 million.

Canterbury Enterprises seeks two special-use permits for townhome developments in the Southside. It’s proposing 65 townhomes on 7 acres at 5315 and 5323 Warwick Road and 5300 Rear Hull Street Road, and 36 townhomes on 6 acres at 2525, 2613 and 2701 Belt Blvd.

The Tredegar site, as viewed from the Lee Bridge. (BizSense file)

Also on the consent agenda is NewMarket Corp.’s request to rezone the 9-acre site that now houses the American Civil War Museum and several office users from M-1 Light Industrial zoning to DCC Downtown Civic and Cultural District. The change would bring the former industrial site in line with its present-day uses and make it consistent with other DCC zoning nearby.

 ‘Greater Scott’s’ rezoning, Public Safety Building sale endorsed

The Richmond Planning Commission last week adopted an intent declaration to amend the city zoning map to reflect recommendations in the Richmond 300 plan for the so-called “Greater Scott’s Addition” area.

An aerial of the area as envisioned in Richmond 300. (BizSense file)

The commission also backed ordinances relating to the city’s proposed sale of the Public Safety Building at 500 N. 10th St. to Capital City Partners, which plans to develop a 20-story, VCU Health-anchored tower and mixed-use office complex on the 3-acre site. The ordinances were scheduled to go to the City Council this week but are being continued to March 22 due to a committee meeting that was cancelled for inclement weather.

Henrico holds charrette on Short Pump Town Center this week

The public is invited to share their ideas and vision for the future of Short Pump Town Center at a virtual, county-hosted design charrette this week. The daily sessions will take place through Henrico’s charrette hub at

A kickoff and design session is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Monday, followed by open design studios from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. The charrette will wrap up with a work-in-progress presentation of a draft plan for the study area at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Additional information is available here and here.

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